I LOVE being a wedding planner. Creating timelines, spreadsheets and bossing the whole affair into action is my idea of heaven! BUT my favourite part is wedding styling. I get a real buzz from creating new concepts and ideas for my clients. My latest project was born from the ambition to fuse modern day style with the classic charm of the quintessential English countryside. Read on to find out how to create your very own modern British wedding theme.
The juxtaposition of the modern styling aesthetic enveloped within the rustic backdrop of sweeping grass meadows embodies the sophisticated elegance of a British wedding celebration.
Modern British Wedding Theme
My wedding planning business Sophie Warren Weddings offers bespoke wedding planning and design services for the romantics and adventurers with a styling approach that blends all forms of modern day inspiration to showcase weddings through a new lens.
This shoot has been a great opportunity for me to showcase my creative skills. Taking charge of creating the concept and overall styling with the support of some fantastic collaborators to bring this to life.
Country House Wedding Venue in Kent
Located in the heart of the Garden of England on the Kent and Sussex border, I chose the stunning Chafford Park Estate for the shoot location. This private country estate is set amongst 300 acres of enchanting lawns, woodlands, lakes and corn fields and is only an hour from London, making it the perfect destination for countryside weddings in England.
The venue boasts two converted modern barns and elegant accommodation for the bride and groom in a grade II listed Queen Ann Manor country house which has been tastefully restored with many original period features throughout.
This is the perfect countryside wedding venue in Kent!
Modern Wedding Photography
The shoot was captured by Becca of Rebecca Searle Photography. She is seriously talented! I have followed Becca’s work for some time and have become completely in awe of her beautiful and mesmerising work. What’s fantastic about Becca is that she captures those intimate and natural moments between couples so perfectly.
Modern Wedding Style
For the overall styling aesthetic, I wanted to create a contemporary romance with a sense of feminine fluidity and free flowing silhouettes.
Pippa of The W Collection was the perfect partner to provide modern and stylish furniture and accessories that we used throughout the shoot.
For the tabelscape, I paired Victoria ghost chairs with a reclaimed trestle table from Pippa’s collection. I then intertwined two silk runners from Cfleursdesign and complemented the table with contemporary glass candle holders, glass vases and linen coloured candles.
For the place settings, I layered a side plate and dinner plate and set an imperfectly placed silk napkin (also from Cfleursdesign) complemented with beautiful crystal glassware from Ellen of Harriet’s Table.
To finish, each place setting had a personalised place name, handwritten in gold by the lovely Louise of LouPaper Wedding Stationery and a beautifully designed plant based menu in dove grey.
The ceremony set up again featured the Victorian ghost chairs against a 3D white block backdrop, acrylic plinths (all from The W collection) with dried lunaria placed inside and an assortment of silk flowers, pillar and tea light candles to finish.
Modern Bride Style
I chose to create two looks for the shoot, both a day and evening ensemble for the bride.
Both outfits are from The Own Studio, a modern and sustainable bridal aesthetic created by founders Jess Kaye and Rosie Williams. Their ambition is to create modern bridal wear that lives beyond the wedding day.
For the day look, the model wore a stunning off-white slip, fully lined with silk and boasting a striking back. This was paired with a pearl covered veil from Story of my Dress and pearl drop earrings, necklace and bangle from the home of pearl wedding jewellery, Lily & Roo.
To finish, the look was completed with a chic low hair bun and stunning makeup by award winning makeup and hair stylist Tamara Tott of Wedding day MUA.
For the evening look, the model wears an open back, wide-leg crepe jumpsuit (again, from The Own Studio) paired with the same accessories and finished with tight curls and bold eye and lip makeup.
The groom wears a stone three piece linen suit, complemented with dark taupe tie, handkerchief and dark grey loafers.
Classic Wedding Car
To elevate the shoot further, I chose to feature a classic Mercedes 190SL from Mark of Webbs of Weybridge. To give the shots an elegant and vintage vibe, the bride wore a classic white headscarf, 50’s style!
Invitations and signage were crafted by LouPaper Wedding Stationery. Simple, modern and chic – we opted for a minimalist design in soft taupes, white and grey, which perfectly paired with the overall style of the shoot.
Artificial flowers are set to play a very important part in the modern world and Gwenda of Bohotanical created a beautiful arrangement of silk florals and foliage in feminine and muted tones of soft taupes, creams and whites for both the bouquet and styling arrangements throughout.
The silk flowers brought together a mix of assorted roses, orchids, tweedia, poppies, pom pom chrysanthemum, dried lunaria, bleached ruscus and pampas.
Like the photographer, Chris of Toastfilms is the king of his craft, effortlessly capturing natural and intimate moments that make for a stylish, modern and unforgettable wedding video. He elevates the videos with a great music tracks also.
The Modern Wedding Cake
The three tiered contemporary cake by Serena of Cobi & Coco was designed using subtle textures and muted warm colours, styled with handmade sugar ranunclus and orchids and finished with a floating silk ribbon.
I hope this wedding creative has helped inspire you to create and plan your very own modern British wedding theme.
Feeling inspired but not sure where or how to start planning your wedding? Find out more about my bespoke services or here or talk to me about a more tailored requirement by booking a complimentary chat here.
The Wedding Team:
Creative, Styling & Planner:Sophie Warren Weddings @sophiewarrenweddings
Photographer: Rebecca Searle Photography @rebeccasearlephotography
Models: @katyannhowman and @sollycorr
Video: Toast Films @toastfilmsuk
Venue: Chafford Park Estate @chafford_park_estate
Bridal Wear: The Own Studio @theownstudio
Florals: Bohotanical @bohotanical
Hair & Make-up: Wedding Day MUA @weddingdaymua
Stationery: LouPaper Wedding Stationery @loupaper_
Mercedes 190 SL: Webbs of Weybridge @webbsofweybridge
Furniture: The W Studio @the_w_collection
Cake: Cobi & Coco @cobi_and_coco_cakes
Jewellery: Lily and Roo @lilyandrooldn
Veil: Story of my Dress @storyofmydressbridal
Glassware: Harriet’s Table @harrietstable